Review by Lucía Santiago Dantés.
I love Tim Burton’s movies, believe me I REALLY do, but was it really necessary to portray all the bad kids at school as immigrants? I am not Korean, nor Russian nor what ever nationality was portrayed in the movie but suddenly it felt awkward being at the Theater watching a movie about a sort of a genius/beatnik kid who’s reaninating his dog out of tender love while most of his immigrant classmates are all trying to steal his idea to win the Science Fair price. Am I the only here who noticed this? Suddenly, it felt like being back in the Disney anti communist era, with all those fifties propagandistic movies.
As for the story in general it is kind of gothic cute. The stop motion animated movie worked really well but Black and White gave a magical spell to the film. I also realized that in a way Burton is celebrating all those childhood years like many other contemporary directors who haddreams of becoming a good story teller and with time, they were lucky enough to realize those dreams. Some other directors had already made movies celebrating this childhood dream; J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 comes to my mind just to mention one of them.
As for Burton, this is the second and hopefully final attempt to tell this story as Frankenweenie was already made as a short film back in 1984 directed by Burton, produced by Buena Vista Distribution and cowritten with Leonard Ripps. If you want to see the original 1984 Frankenweenie, it is available in the Special Edition Collector’s Edition and Blu-Ray 3D release of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Here’s Frankenweenie’s trailer